Minimum Wage Bill Passes Committee

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Maryland is one step closer to becoming the 22nd state to raise the minimum wage above the federal standard of $7.25. The House Economic Matters Committee voted 13 to 8 on March 3 to approve legislation backed by Gov. Martin O’Malley that would raise the minimum hourly wage to $10.10 over the course of the… Read More

Jacob Levin

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Jacob (Jake) Levin was known to family and friends as a man with a huge heart of gold. Levin died March 1 at the age of 98. Many remember him from his years behind the counter at Levin’s Bakery on Patterson Park and Fairmount avenues or from his longtime membership in the Jewish Educational Alliance…. Read More

That’s Debatable

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It’s rare that the left-leaning J Street, a 5-year-old political advocacy organization that supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is the conservative voice in the room. But that was the case on a recent Sunday, when about 75 people gathered at the Pikesville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library to hear Mark… Read More

Home Invasion Shakes Pikesville Community

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A man and his teenage daughter were tied up and robbed after two men forced their way into a home in the 3200 block of Hatton Road in Pikesville Tuesday night. The men stole computer tablets, jewelry, a camcorder, a wallet, cash, an iPod Touch and a cell phone, according to a statement from Baltimore… Read More

AIPAC Shapes Priorities

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Coming off of what many observers characterized as an off year in terms of getting its agenda implemented in Washington, D.C., the American Israel Public Affairs Committee will be welcoming upward of 14,000 attendees at the March 1-4 annual policy conference that will set the pro-Israel organization’s 2014 initiatives. Chief among the organization’s priority items… Read More

Hadassah’s Woes Continue

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The dust may have settled at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, but the underlying financial troubles that caused workers to go on strike earlier this month remain, as an organization that predates the State of Israel struggles to move on. Staffers at the two Hadassah hospitals in the Jerusalem enclaves of Ein Kerem and… Read More

Ukraine’s Jews Hunker Down

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The turmoil in Ukraine has left one of Europe’s largest Jewish communities on edge. After an outbreak of violence in Kiev last week that left dozens of protesters and policemen dead, President Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital, and parliament installed an interim leader to take the still-contested reins of power. Like their compatriots, Ukraine’s Jews… Read More

Jewish Hospitality

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For Sheryl Grossman, a short visit to Baltimore from Morgantown, W. Va., for  a small procedure quickly turned into a nightmare last winter, until Bikur Cholim, the Johns Hopkins Minyan and other local community groups got involved. “I would not have made it without the generosity of the community,” said Grossman, who came to the… Read More

Head of the Glass

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NEW YORK — Watching Rebecca Yoshor in action for the Yeshiva University women’s basketball team, the skills are evident: the shot making, quickness, leadership and court smarts. They are skills honed in what her father describes as “fierce games” with her brothers and the neighborhood kids in the driveway of her Houston home and playing… Read More

State Slashes Health Care Enrollment Goals

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With little more than a month until a March 31 deadline, Maryland health exchange officials revised insurance enrollment goals and terminated their contract with the company that built the state’s health exchange. Noridian Healthcare Solutions, the North Dakota company behind the state online exchange that crashed when it launched Oct. 1, will no longer operate… Read More